Fittipaldi meets Brazilian President to discuss A1GP

A1 Team Brazil's Emerson Fittipaldi met with Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva in Brasilia last week. Fittipaldi was in town to race in the Brazilian GT3 Championship with his brother Wilson. In the meeting with the President, which...

A1 Team Brazil's Emerson Fittipaldi met with Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva in Brasilia last week. Fittipaldi was in town to race in the Brazilian GT3 Championship with his brother Wilson. In the meeting with the President, which also had the participation of the Brazilian Minister of Sport, Orlando Silva, he discussed the national team's involvement in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, ahead of the prospect of an incredible season four with the new A1GP 'Powered by Ferrari' cars.

The country's President pledged support for the team and has vowed to assist Fittipaldi and A1 Team Brazil in their quest to secure a home race. President Lula demonstrated his support of the team by trying on Emerson's race helmet for size! President Lula said on the work towards a race in Brazil: 'If the government can help a good project by revitalizing a Brazilian circuit then we will do it. The Federal Government will support the local authorities in order to bring A1GP to Brazil."

Another part of the meeting covered the President's wish to see Brazilian ethanol used in the future in A1GP. He commented: 'We need to show the world that our ethanol is less polluting and good for the environment. An initial idea to demonstrate this would be to make comparative tests in places where there is a race.'

The Minister of Sport expressed his support for nurturing new Brazilian talent and he spoke to Emerson about the way that A1GP is working on this initiative.

Speaking about the meeting, Emerson said: 'We are working hard at A1 Team Brazil to raise the profile and awareness of the national team. It is invaluable to have the support of President Lula, Orlando Silva and the government, and it is a goal of ours, in the not too distant future, to have a race in Brazil, so we will work with them on this important project. Another important side to A1GP is the Think Greener Racing campaign, and some of President Lula's ideas on the use of Brazilian ethanol could be very interesting for the series to explore. I am excited to think about the future of A1GP and I think A1 Team Brazil has an important part to play in it.'

-credit: a1teambra.com

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